The Only Child…is BORN!

Okay, so maybe I’m leaning a little too hard on the birth/children metaphors here, but when you’ve written a novel called The Only Child and it’s now out in stores, it’s pretty hard to resist.

If you like the gothic, or existential thrillers, or Frankenstein or Dracula or Jekyll & Hyde, or a spooky beach/dock/sofa read regardless of its category…The Only Child is for you!

Hope you get a kick out of it.


I’ve made some updates to the Appearances page here, so check it out and come on by, wherever that may be.

There will be more such dates and details to come soon…

Megan Abbott on THE ONLY CHILD

I’m a big-time fan of Megan Abbott’s novels. I see them as stories about obsession and obsessiveness that are, in themselves, energized by obsession and obsessiveness. Genuine psychological thrillers, in other words.

It’s why I’m so chuffed that she has kind words to say about The Only Child!

“Andrew Pyper has concocted a darkly entrancing tale that sweeps you off your feet from its first pages. Filled with deliriously clever nods to the grand Gothic tradition, The Only Child is also fiercely original, wildly provocative and utterly satisfying, beginning to end.”

— Megan Abbott, bestselling author of The Fever and You Will Know Me

Email List

I’ve acquired a new email address with the intent of compiling a list of people who’d like to receive any newsletters, notices, and other god-knows-what from me down the line. There may also be contests!

If you’re interested, send me an email at:



Over the holidays, I’ve been getting some early reader responses to my new book, The Only Child, and it’s been cause for gratitude on top of the usual causes for gratitude.

Here’s a first comment I’d like to share, from the amazing Ami McKay, a writer whose gothic tastes merge with my own:

“In The Only Child, Andrew Pyper has delivered a seductive gothic thriller for the modern age. Crafted with dark intrigue and cinematic drive, this mesmerizing journey into the heart of a monster is, at once, compelling, eerie and brilliantly satisfying.”

– Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Witches of New York


Cover Reveal!!

Here it is! The cover for The Only Child.

I hope you like it along with the words inside it, the latter available June 7, 2017.


From the Archives

I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet the other day (six years after throwing a stack of boxes in there on moving day) and found a treasure trove of photos.

Here’s one I’d like to share: signing copies of my first book, Kiss Me, a collection of short stories, at the Eden Mills Literary Festival, 1996. I remember I read immediately before Michael Ondaatje, and because of him, there were several hundred people in the audience. The event was (and is) held outdoors. It felt like I was opening for Hendrix at Woodstock.


The Only Child

Okay, so I’ve got some news. Not necessarily earth-shattering, unless of course it’s the earth under the house in which I write this, which feels like it’s trembling, ever so slightly.

After thinking about it for some years, writing it over another year, then editing the bejesus out of it, followed by a long debate over its title…my new book is finished(ish)!!

The title? The Only Child. When’s it out? It will be published on June 1 in Canada and the U.S. by Simon & Schuster Canada and Simon & Schuster, respectively. It will come out with Orion in the U.K. a couple weeks later.

More soon on what the book is about and all that, but for now, yes, happy.